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Dr. Taylor Leading Division of Child Abuse

Taylor Michael 2 5 13BMichael A. Taylor, M.D., FAAP joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Pediatrics as professor of pediatrics and director of the newly-created UAB Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics in August of 2015. Prior to coming to UAB, Dr. Taylor was Chief of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Division at MUSC in Charleston, SC from 2013 to 2015. Taylor brings a rich background of work with victims of child abuse to the Children’s position. He served as medical director for the West Alabama Child Medical Evaluation Program in Tuscaloosa for 22 years, was a member of state and county child death review teams and served as Child Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Wake County, N.C.

Under Taylor’s direction, the new Child Abuse Pediatrics Division will expand the current services provided by the Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center. The CHIPS Center provides forensic medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments, play therapy, counseling, social work services, prevention education, court support and expert court testimony for victims of child abuse. Taylor hopes to coordinate those services with all local, regional and state resources and organize educational efforts to increase awareness, understanding and reporting of child maltreatment. For a link to the Children's of Alabama press release regarding Dr. Taylor, click here.